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Reproductive Health Bill: Against Church's Teaching

Reproductive Health Bill: Against Church's Teaching

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 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL: AGAINST CHURCH¶S TEACHINGThe Reproductive Health bill or Responsible Parenthood bill or popularly knownas the RH bill is a proposed bill here in the Philippines seeking an assurance touniversal access to information and methods on maternal care and birth control. The billhas become the center of a controversial national debate. This bill was introducedby Albay 1st district Representative Edcel Lagman. The Senate has also another version of this bill. It is known as Senate Bill No. 2378 or the Reproductive Health Act having Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago as its principal author. One of the mainconcerns of the bill, according to the Explanatory Note, is that population of thePhilippines makes it ³the 12th most populous nation in the world today´, that the Filipinowomen¶s fertility rate is ³at the upper bracket of 206 countries.´ It states that studies andsurveys ³show that the Filipinos are responsive to having smaller-sized families throughfree choice of family planning methods.´ It also refers to studies which ³show that rapidpopulation growth exacerbates poverty while poverty spawns rapid population growth.´ And so it aims for improved quality of life through a ³consistent and coherent nationalpopulation policy.´Majority of the Filipinos are in favor of family planning. However, The CatholicChurch teaches the necessity of responsible parenthood and correct family planning,while at the same time teaching that large families are a sign of God's blessings. Itteaches that modern natural family planning, a method of fertility awareness, is inaccord with God's design, as couples give themselves to each other as they are. TheRH bill intends to help couples to have government funded access to artificialcontraception methods which is opposed by the Catholic Church because RH Bill isagainst the church¶s teachings and principles.Reproductive Health Bill is wrong because of the following reasons. First, itassumes that the Philippines is overpopulated. An example scenario of which isStudents in public schools are well educated because the teacher to student ratio isvery low. In fact, because of our low population the government can basically guaranteethat all public school students are provided books, notebooks and other school supplies.Second, it assumes that contraceptives are good for mankind and women. The RH Billis not good for women because it might draw a woman away from her one, true,universal purpose ± the uninterrupted production of healthy babies. Furthermore, therole of women in society and the universe is to make babies. That¶s why God madewomen. That¶s their sole purpose in life. They¶re not good for anything else. Ever wonder why there are no women in the clergy? It¶s because they¶re not good enough.Contraceptives would allow women to enjoy the benefits of physical intimacy whilemaintaining a successful and productive career, if she so chooses. That is so wrong.Only men should be able to enjoy that privilege. Women should get pregnant everysingle time they have sex and only immoral women enjoy sex without the possibility of conception. Third, it will put Filipinos at risk of extinction. Population decline is just bad

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where the heck did you get your facts? are you sure the church has never been wrong before? what about the crusades? did you also know what they did to galileo? i am catholic but you may want to straighten your facts

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